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Special Treatment

Arlington Heights staffers are furious about the lack of attention to some students’ needs.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The toilet sat for years behind a thin privacy screen at the back of a special education classroom at Arlington Heights High School. It’s finally gone, but faculty members say it still symbolizes the serious problems they see...


Wise (left): “I don’t want to move.” Jeff Prince

Smooth Shaves, Rough Times

A Riverside barbershop, like its neighborhood, hangs on and hopes.
JEFF PRINCE
Race Street Barber Shop is in a time warp. Three barber chairs circa 1938 provide comfortable seats for shaggy visitors needing a clip. The long, narrow room is designed to give those waiting their turn good spots to sit, read ...



Kratky: “They know when they walk in the door that someone will be with them for 18 months.” Lee Chastain

In the Right Direction

Next Step program has a track record for helping ex-cons find and keep jobs.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Melvin Qualls’ story is unfortunately an all-too-common one. His mother overdosed on drugs when he was five, and his dad was a drug addict as well. His grandmother took care of him until her death when he was a teenager, then...


Schaumburg: “There are very few places in Fort Worth where you can actually live on the water. It has to be high end to support the cost.” Jeff Prince

High-Rise = High Traffic?

Oakhurst neighbors are wary of more development along the Trinity.
JEFF PRINCE
The Near East Side’s Oakhurst neighborhood sprang up in the 1920s as an early Fort Worth suburb — I-35 hadn’t been built yet, and the Trinity River served as a natural buffer from bustling downtown. Residents still enjoy ...



Gloria Steinem: “Reproductive freedom is at least as fundamental as freedom of speech.”

Gloria Steinem Comes to Fort Worth

And sits down for a Q&A with the Fort Worth Weekly
SARAH ANGLE
Fort Worth Weekly got the opportunity on Thursday to talk with longtime feminist leader Gloria Steinem about gender issues, equality, and women’s healthcare in Texas. Steinem, in her late 70s, is the guest speaker this week a...


A grant will finance a study of whether payday loan burdens eat up money for healthcare. Sarah Angle

Financial/Health

A faith-based coalition is studying the link between bad loans and poor health.
SARAH ANGLE
Rachel was talking to her Sunday school class in Haltom City a few weeks before Christmas. Her voice broke, and she started crying. “We have to take our son’s gifts back to Wal-Mart,” she said. Rachel, 29, works part time...



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Trap, No Shoot

A new city ordinance aims to humanely reduce feral cat colonies.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY
Three weeks after a new “trap, neuter, return” city ordinance took effect on Jan. 1 in response to an out-of-control feral cat population in Fort Worth, local animal advocates and city officials were chasing down a rumor wi...


Power: “... one thing everyone agrees on is to not let the lights go out.” Courtesy Public Citizen

Short on Electricity

Texas gets a clear warning of power problems by summer.
GAYLE REAVES
The old adage is that you should never watch laws or sausages getting made. But this spring the question may be who is watching how the future of the Texas electric grid gets decided. An organization called the North American E...



Fletcher: “It seems to me they’ve bitten off more than they can chew.” Jeff Prince

Cats, Balls, and Clocks

Fans are worried — again — about Fort Worth’s minor league team.
JEFF PRINCE
Nine lives? The Fort Worth Cats must be on 11 or 12 by now, particularly after former owner Carl Bell ran out of money and lost LaGrave Field to bank foreclosure last year. Things seemed to be looking up after new owners John B...


Ashford: “... Putting them behind closed doors would have been disastrous.” Jeff Prince

Trusting City Hall

Opponents of the new ethics ordinance say citizens dodged one bullet, got hurt by others.
PETER GORMAN
When the Fort Worth City Council approved major changes in the city’s ethics ordinance recently, it put the city in a different camp than most other major American cities outside Texas on how to handle complaints — and in a...